The strength of the system is in a great degree dependent on the amount of pure fresh air breathed. This is necessary for mental alertness that we do have proper fresh air. (Healthful Living p.171)
The tragic story is told of a gentleman who was so distracted and busy one day that he forgot his grandson was in the backseat of his car. He had to drop off the infant at the nursery that morning but forgot to do so. The gentleman parked his vehicle at his workplace car park and went off to work. When he returned several hours later the child was dead.
We can live without food for several weeks, without water for several days, but we cannot live without air.
Without green life on earth, there will be no life on earth!
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7.
Air is vital to the human body and pure fresh air is of greater importance as it determines much of our well being.
In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air, which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood.
Respiration essentially consists in the interchanging of certain elementary principles contained in the blood, for those contained in atmospheric air. The lungs, and the skin, form the medium through which this interchange is made.
The lungs consist of an infinite number of small cells. Connected with these are small tubes, branching out from the bronchial tubes, and these tubes branching from the trachea, or windpipe. At every inspiration of air, these cells become filled. At every expiration of air, these cells are nearly emptied. When air is received into the lungs, the blood sent from the right ventricle of the heart meets it. Here the carbon of the blood is thrown off in the form of carbonic-acid gas; while the oxygen of the air taken into the lungs, is taken into the circulation of the blood, and carried to every part of the body. Together with receiving oxygen, electricity is also received and distributed throughout the body.
This exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is completed within milliseconds, and it takes about one minute for a complete circuit of the body!
Benefits of proper breathing from fresh air
Deep breathing would invite new air into the system and expel stale air out of the body. Shallow breathing limits the elimination of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases through your lungs. Your breathing should be relaxed and done within your capacity. Breathing in (inhalation) energizes your body and breathing out (exhalation) relaxes the body. When doing breathing exercises, it is important that your exhalation is at least as long as your inhalation and most authorities recommend it being slightly longer.
Proper breathing of pure fresh air has the following benefits:
- It soothes the nerves; there is nothing more relaxing than cool fresh air.
- It controls anxiety attacks. Deep breathing helps to calm us down.
- It reduces stress by its soothing effects in the body.
- It improves blood circulation as the blood is energized by pure air.
- It improves blood to the brain which is necessary for total body function and especially for brain workers and students.
- It improves positive mental attitude and a happier mood.
- It is helpful in depression as the pure air enhances a positive happy mood.
- It renders more perfect digestion and stimulates the appetite.
- It induces sound refreshing sleep as the air is freely circulated and exchanged.
- It improves proper cellular metabolism thereby giving us more energy.
Drawbacks of improper breathing
Improper breathing can result when we are too anxious, or because of poor posture, or the wearing of tight clothing such as girdles, corsets, tight bands, tight pants and belts, which puts pressure on the lungs, and prevent them from their ability to expand and function properly.
Improper breathing will cause:
- A weak and unhealthy system.
- Poor circulation as the blood moves sluggishly.
- Poor digestion.
- Increase of inflammation in the body and the risk of acute disease.
- Increase accumulation of waste in the body as a result of the blood not moving freely and the stale air locked within the system.
- Increase the likelihood of being depressed.
- Fevers, asthma, allergies also increases
Exercise in the open air
Daily exercise in the open air is an absolute pre-requisite to health; it should be prescribed as a life-giving necessity. And for such exercises there is nothing better than the cultivation of the soil. Let patients have flower beds to care for, or work to do in the orchard of vegetable garden. As they are encouraged to leave their rooms and spend time in the open air, cultivating flowers or doing some other light, pleasant work, their attention will be diverted from themselves and their sufferings.
The necessity of fresh air
The particles of matter which compose the human body are constantly changing. None of us possess today exactly the same bodies that were ours yesterday. A portion of their substance has been cast off and replaced by new. In the muscles, the bones, all the tissues which enter into our structure, particles which are worn out and can no longer sub-serve the purposes of life, are being taken up and passed in fluid form into the blood, by the circulation of which they are carried to those organs whose office it is to separate them from it and excrete, or throw them out of the system. These organs are the lungs, liver, kidneys, the lining membrane of the intestines and the external skin. This waste is made good by new particles, which are also carried by the blood to every minute portion of the body, where ever it circulates, and appropriated as they are needed.
The lungs are constantly throwing off impurities, and they need to be constantly supplied with fresh air. Impure air does not afford the necessary supply of oxygen, and the blood passes to the brain and other organs without being vitalized, hence, the necessity of thorough ventilation. To live in close, ill-ventilated rooms, where the air is dead and vitiated weakens the entire system. It becomes peculiarly sensitive to the influence of cold, and a slight exposure induces disease. It is close confinement indoors that makes many women pale and feeble. They breathe the same air over and over until it becomes laden with poisonous matter thrown off through the lungs and pores, and impurities are thus conveyed back to the blood.
Impure air is one of the major causes of poor health. The best air quality is in the early morning, after a shower of rain or in country areas. Pollutants from industries, automobiles, tobacco smoke, burning vegetation and city dust, can reduce clean air in our environment. Impure air can lead to allergies, infections, asthma, strokes, flu, irritations and more.
Many times joint pains, headaches, allergic reactions such as hay fever, asthma, bronchitis or other pulmonary issues can be cured if environmental triggers such as smoke, mold, carpets, perfumes, dust, mites, closed windows and doors or dark rooms was removed or if the individual relocated to an environment where there was pure fresh circulating air.
Sleeping apartments should be large and so arranged as to have a circulation of air through them, day and night.
During the night while you sleep, having the window slightly ajar at least one inch will allow a free flow of pure fresh sir circulating in the room. Pure air at night keeps the cells oxygenated, which helps with cellular repair. It helps to avoid: exhaustion, fevers, feeling hungry, diseases, and sluggish blood circulation.
How can your living environment influence our health?
- Low damp areas should be avoided, as it can result in sore throats, fevers, or lung diseases.
- Choose to live in high-elevated areas for abundance of air and light.
- Choose a place where there are trees and nature around for children to play and exercise the mind.
Purify the air in your home with plants
E.g. peace lily, dumb cane, spider plant, snake plant, dwarf, banana tree, rubber tree, or philodendron. Pine fir in the yard is healthful.
Recipe For Green Smoothie
- 3 Kale leaves,
- 1 cup pineapple,
- 1 cup pineapple juice,
- 1 tablespoon each of flax seed,
- Sun flower seeds,
- Pumpkin seeds,
- chia seeds,
- 1 Tablespoon Barley Grass or Wheat Grass powder, or 2 Tablespoons Dr. Richard Schulze’s Super Food.
- 6 Almonds,
- 7 Cashews.
Method: Wash and pull leaves off stalk, add to Vitamix Blender, add other ingredients with ice and blend. Drink 16 ounces 15 minutes before exercise.
Air is essential to our life; breathing pure air is not only pleasant, but also healthful. We need a constant supply of fresh air to maximize our health, so choose to spend time outdoors, in the country areas, and open your home daily to that pure air, which gives vigour and elasticity to all your faculties.